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Motorola, Microsoft alliance extends the power of the desktop to the wireless world

25 February, 2004 | Archived Post
Motorola MPx200 Smartphone offers Windows Mobile technology to the Australian marketSYDNEY, Australia, 25 February 2004

Abstract:
Motorola, with the support of Microsoft Australia, today announced the introduction of the Windows Mobile(tm)-based Motorola MPx200 Smartphone to the Australian market. The new clam shell design Smartphone will combine the power of the desktop with the 'always at hand' convenience of a mobile phone to make life simpler and more synchronised for mobile users.

Press Release:
Motorola, with the support of Microsoft Australia, today announced the introduction of the Windows Mobile(tm)-based Motorola MPx200 Smartphone to the Australian market. The new clam shell design Smartphone will combine the power of the desktop with the 'always at hand' convenience of a mobile phone to make life simpler and more synchronised for mobile users.

Utilising Microsoft® Windows Mobile software, the new Motorola MPx200 Smartphone will allow customers to take the functionality and familiarity of Microsoft Office and Outlook® features with them while on the move. Users are able to manage their personal information and synchronise email, calendar and contacts either via a PC or via seamless over-the-air synchronisation with Microsoft Exchange Server. The Smartphone also supports Web browsing using Pocket Internet Explorer and fully integrates with MSN Messenger®.

In addition to the phone's productivity features, the Motorola MPx200 Smartphone is designed for entertainment with a large colour screen and intuitive keypad. Utilising the phone's polyphonic speaker and Windows Media® player application, users can listen to Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MP3 music files as well as store and play an extensive library of multimedia files. With an expandable memory card of up to one gigabyte, users are able to install applications and software on to their handset and download files wirelessly or directly from their PC via USB connection.

"Mobile users are demanding more from their wireless experience," said Alan Nicklos, managing director, Personal Communications Sector, Motorola Australia. "They want to be informed and entertained in the office, at home and on the road. The MPx200 is the first step to extending the desktop into the wireless environment, providing all of the connectivity and entertainment expected of an office or home PC."

"We believe that this alliance represents a major win for the customers, operators and developers and demonstrates the maturity and richness of the Windows Mobile platform," said Steve Vamos, managing director, Microsoft Australia. "By working together, the Motorola and Microsoft alliance will foster many new and innovative developments, by delivering a richer wireless experience for mobile users."

Calum Russell, business group manager, Microsoft Mobility said "Microsoft and Motorola will be working on a number of initiatives including a wireless developer programme. The Microsoft Windows Mobile Powered Smartphone is a core element of Microsoft's platform strategy and it provides a natural extension for businesses into the wireless environment."

The Motorola MPx200 will be available nationally through Optus Mobile retail and business sales channels. The recommended retail price for the MPx200 is $849.

About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronised and fun. Sales in 2003 were $US27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it does business.http://www.motorola.com.

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